Washington's 5 Most Epic Adventures

By: Jason Zabriskie

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It's important to find time to explore the outdoors as often as possible, even if it's just a short hike before work. But we all have that urge inside of us to finally go on that epic adventure. To walk through untouched forests, swim in crystal clear lakes, and stand triumphantly on the peak of a mountain we once viewed from miles away. Washington is home to the Cascade Mountains, old growth forests, and endless trails weaving through them to a multitude of stunning destinations. Check out some of my favorites in this list, and find the inspiration you need to finally go on that epic adventure.

1. Tuck and Robin Lakes

Photo: Jason Zabriskie

This trek has in-your-face views of Mt. Daniel and Cathedral Rock and a high probability of mountain goat sighting. Learn More.

2. Gothic Basin to Foggy Lakes

Photo: Scott Kranz

Once you reach the basin, you can scramble to the summits of Del Campo Peak and/or Gothic Peak for truly amazing views. Learn More.

3. Spider Creek to Buck Creek Pass

Photo: Nick Lake

This 41 mile trek has nearly constant astounding views of the surround mountains, lakes, and forest. Learn More.

4. Spade and Venus Lakes

Photo: Jason Zabriskie

You'll catch breathtaking mountain scenery and two of the most remote lakes in the Alpine Lake Wilderness. Learn More.

5. Thornton Lakes to Trappers Peak

Photo: Scott Kranz

Set up camp at the pristine Thornton Lakes and scramble up to Trappers Peak the next morning for an amazing sunrise. Learn More.

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.